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Can't Sync Apple Music to iPod Shuffle? Solved!

By Patrick Dyer

Dec 26, 2017

"I just bought my first iPod Shuffle, thinking it would be great for doing exercise. But to my surprise, none of the music downloaded from Apple Music can be synced to the iPod Shuffle. Why?"

"I started Apple Music trial this week, and I added some songs to the music library. When I connect the iPod Nano to sync Apple Music, it says that songs can't be copied to the iPod. Anybody can help?"

iPod Shuffle on Apple Music

When you try to sync Apple Music to you iPod Shuffle/Nano/classic, you will see this warning message stating that: "Apple Music songs cannot be copied to an iPod." And you are not alone because there are many people asked how to sync Apple Music to iPod shuffle.

YouTube Tutorial: Sync iTunes Playlist to iPod Shuffle or iPod Classic on iTunes (12.7)

Related Readings:

How to Sync Apple Music Playlist to iPod Classic

Apple Music iPod: Transfer Apple Music to iPod Nano

The Reason Why You Can't Sync Apple Music to iPod Shuffle

In fact, it has been confirmed that iPod Nano, iPod shuffle and iPod classic won't get Apple Music to prevent piracy. Due to this restriction, you can't keep a collection of songs on your device and then cancel the Apple Music subscription. iPod is unlike other iOS devices which Apple can authenticate an active Apple Music subscription via iOS Music app and Wi-Fi.

Solution for Syncing Apple Music to iPod Shuffle

What if you really want to listen to Apple Music on iPod Shuffle? How to solve this problem? It's obvious that the only solution for enjoying Apple Music on iPod Shuffle is to convert Apple Music to iPod Shuffle supported formats like MP3 or M4A. Due to the DRM, you might need a DRM removal tool called TuneFab Apple Music Converter rather than a common audio converter.


• Remove DRM from purchased iTunes music, Apple Music, Audible audiobooks, etc.

• Convert Apple Music Apple Music to plain MP3, M4A, FLAC, etc. with lossless quality.

• Preserve all ID tags and metadata in output Apple Music files.

• Up to 16X conversion speed.

Step 1. Launch Apple Music Converter

To get started, make sure iTunes has been installed on your computer. Run this Apple Music Converter and iTunes will be automatically opened along with this program.

Launch Apple Music Converter

Step 2. Select the Apple Music Songs

Since all your iTunes library will be loaded into this program, you can preview your Apple Music songs on the "Playlist" section. Then, tick the Apple Music songs you want to convert or use the search function to locate the certain Apple Music.

Select the Apple Music Songs

Step 3. Specify Output Format for iPod Shuffle

On the "Output Settings" section, you need to specify an output format from the drop-down list and then choose a destination folder to save your converted Apple Music files.

Specify Output Format for iPod Shuffle

Step 4. Convert Apple Music to iPod Shuffle

Simple click on "Convert" button, then this program will start the conversion at once. When the conversion finished, you can copy the Apple Music tracks to your iPod Shuffle for listening.

Convert Apple Music to iPod Shuffle

Step 5. Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

1. Copy the converted Apple Music songs on your iTunes library on your computer.

Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

2. Connect your iPod to iTunes. Then, click "Music" > "Sync Music" > "selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres".

3. In "Playlists" sections, choose "Recently added" which includes the Apple Music songs that you put on iTunes library.

4. Click "Apply" and iTunes will sync the converted Apple Music to your iPod.

Sync Apple Music to iPod with iTunes

So, it is a really perfect solution to help you enjoy Apple Music on iPod Shuffle. Once the DRM protection is removed, you can also enjoy Apple Music on iPod Classic and iPod Nano. Don't need too much effort, you can listen to Apple Music whenever you want. Now just download the trial version of Apple Music Converter for free and give it a shot!

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